Monday, November 14, 2005

DETROIT RED WINGS AT VANCOUVER CANUCKS


The Canucks' Todd Bertuzzi celebrates one of three goals he scored against the Red Wings. Todd Bertuzzi (44) takes the puck around Detroit Red Wings goalie Manny Legace to score his second goal in the first period in Vancouver Sunday. He showed glimpses of what he's capable of doing on the ice after scoring three goals against one of the league's best goalies and handing the Detroit Red Wings their first road loss of the NHL season. After only scoring twice in the first 15 games, Bertuzzi is showing signs of returning to his old form when he netted 46 goals two seasons ago. With this achievement Bertuzzi notched his fourth career hat trick. With five goals in three games, Bertuzzi matched his total from the previous 33 -- dating to the 2003-04 season when he scored just 17. He completed his first three-goal game since March 17, 2003, after coming in alone again on goalie Manny Legace with five minutes left in the second. Bertuzzi finished both breakaways in style, beating Legace with a quick backhand-to-forehand deke on the first and roofing a backhand shot on the second. The sellout crowd of 18,630 littered the ice with hats when Bertuzzi scored off a backhand on a breakaway.

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